Just Sign Here – It Won’t Hurt a Bit…

Jan 21, 2012

OK – so here we go again. We posted Dan Pastorini’s story about wanting to opt out of the NFL Alumni’s Group Licensing Agreement (click HERE to read that earlier post). On their membership page online, the GLA was automatically attached as a part of the membership process with no option to opt-out of the agreement in order to join the Alumni. Dan pointed that out to the rest of us. And that’s when the knives came out.
Look, we don’t care who said what and exactly what the details may have been between Dan Pastorini and George Martin. And quite frankly, like most people, WHO REALLY CARES?!! But then two Alumni members, David Carter, President of the Houston Chapter, and Rod Smith, Carolinas Chapter President – both members on the Alumni Board of Directors apparently – decided to give a detailed He-Said-He-Said version of what transpired between Pastorini and Martin. And then Jeff Nixon decided to jump in on the Alumni blog and make it personal with Dave and me. Again. We only hope they’re paying you well over at the Alumni now, Jeff…

Here’s the real issue and this is what we’re absolutely 110% in agreement with Dan Pastorini: Attaching a completely unrelated and unsolicited Licensing Agreement to what’s supposed to be nothing more than a simple membership enrollment is just plain wrong! In fact, it’s downright sneaky, unethical and it actually violates consumer law!
Jeff Nixon decided to call Dan Thursday and Dan shared that conversation with us on Friday:
“Jeff Nixon told me that George had admitted ‘He may have made a mistake’ in tying the GLA to their membership enrollment.”
“If I almost missed it when I was signing up, then I wonder how many other players had already missed that GLA footnote? And that was my point! It was all a matter of principle.” Dan said. “As a matter of fact, if George is finally coming out and admitting that it was a mistake in adding the contract and they’re now planning on removing that hook, what about all the guys who have already inadvertently signed their GLA? I think the Alumni needs to invalidate all those copies of the GLA that they’ve acquired through their membership forms and then offer their GLA to its members separately. It’s not me I’m concerned about now. It’s any of the other guys who have already been locked into this GLA without their full knowledge or consent.”

Just sign here...

Just sign here...

Nixon’s own post on the Alumni blog even goes on to also admit that they’re planning on unlinking their membership application from the GLA. If what you did wasn’t wrong, why are you ‘fixing’ it now? For those of you who saw through their tactics, everyone from the Alumni side including their lawyers has jumped on board, yelling, “But… but… but… he said this! No – he said that!” That’s all a totally irrelevant distraction! The only REAL issue is getting members to sign their GLA without prior consent or being given the opportunity to opt out! PERIOD! Imagine going to renew your drivers’ license online and then finding out later that you also unknowingly consented to a strip search every time they pulled you over?
While we’re not dispensing legal advice, the best idea is always to err on the side of caution. Just as the best legal advice regarding the recent Legacy Fund documents was to add your own disclaimer to ensure that you weren’t signing away any of your rights in accepting the terms of the Legacy Fund.
Retired player and Dryer v. NFL attorney Bob Stein adds: “ While the specific effect on the Dryer v. NFL lawsuit is presently uncertain, we recommend not signing the Group Licensing Agreement. If retired NFL players wanting to renew their NFL Alumni membership can do so without signing the GLA, that would be preferable. We don’t wish to interfere with anyone’s personal NFL Alumni membership decision.”
By the way, as a side note, it’s always interesting to find stuff that’s in the public record for everyone to see: Thanks to the Players Inc. GLA lawsuit a couple of years ago, both David Carter and Rod Smith were each recipients of $14,500 apiece (Jeff Nixon also got a smaller check – but Dan Pastorini did NOT get a check!). We wonder if they’ll also be scrambling to be first in line to collect checks if the NFL Films lawsuit gets settled favorably?

6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    January 21st, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    Dave Pear

    George Martin also collected $14,500 from the Players Inc. trial.

    Dave Pear

  2. Ralph Guglielmi
    January 22nd, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Ralph Guglielmi

    I just received NFLA membership renewal. Considering the apparent lack of support for the NFL Alumni, why should I renew? Your comments are appreciated.

    Ralph Guglielmi
    Washington Redskins, St. Louis Cardinals,
    Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants
    1955 – 1963

  3. John Kompara
    January 22nd, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    LA Chargers AFL

    How do I go about opting out of the NFL Alumni GLA? I was also involved with the original NFLPA GLA.

    John Kompara 60
    John Kompara
    New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers AFL
    1959 – 1962

  4. Pat Shea
    January 22nd, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Pat Shea

    It’s getting harder to tell who the good guys and who the bad guys are! Anyway, I respect all of you!

    Also – Where’s the MONEY?

    Pat Shea #64
    San Diego Chargers
    1962 – 1966

  5. Tony Furjanic
    January 24th, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Tony Furjanic

    Dave & Dan:

    I took your lead… I’m personally out of BOTH the NFLPA & NFL Alumni now. I supported them during the strike of ’87 and paid my dues: $2,000 on a contract of $50,000. But only vested for 3 years pre-’93. Who cares? I’m sick of hearing how much money the NFL is making while players who are hurting are not taken care of in their time of need. So no Pension for me…

    I wish I would have stuck with baseball. They take care of their players.

    All the best,
    Tony Furjanic
    Buffalo Bills 1986 – 1987
    Miami Dolphins 1988

  6. Bill Stephanos
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Bill Stephanos

    I would concur that the GLA “check-off” as a requirement for online validation and completion was not by accident.

    If it walks like a duck…

    Bill Stephanos
    Minnesota Vikings 1981 – 1983
    Baltimore Colts 1984